6 Smart Tips To Engage Older Workers

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To manage the changes to Australia’s demographics, employers should start to prepare for an ageing workforce and develop strategies to manage and retain older workers, including:

    1. Undertaking an age audit and succession planning – by monitoring things such as the age of staff in particular areas and the age of people leaving, employers can best plan for future resourcing needs and the transfer of skills and knowledge.
    2. Conducting training for managers and recruitment panels on unconscious age-related bias and stereotypes of older workers to tackle unlawful discriminatory practices and unconscious bias towards older people in the organisation. 
    3. Developing mentoring/coaching programs to promote skill transfer between younger and older workers, as well as training on managing and working within intergenerational teams to address the issues of working in multi-generational teams.
    4. Developing flexible employment opportunities and conditions for older workers to accommodate their needs. This may include redesigning jobs to accommodate physical restraints, offering job share arrangements and implementing phased retirement options.
    5. Assisting workers transition to retirement by running ‘preparing for retirement’ awareness sessions and sessions on financial counselling.
    6. Re-skilling older workers and investing in education programs that assist older workers to be more efficient and to harness new ways of working (such as utilising technology and social media). Source: Business Insider

Tony Wiggins is the Founder of Re-think Re-engage Australia, a NFP organisation committed to leading innovative workforce thinking to re-engage the untapped talent of older workers in the Australian economy. His extensive experience and talent as a senior HR professional is highly sought after in developing forward thinking strategies to take Australia into the future global economy.

Please feel free to contact Re-think Re-engage Australia Inc – rrfaustralia@gmail.com to discuss how RRA can support your organisation with strategies for managing an ageing workforce.

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Media Release – 2018 Budget and Older Workers

Missed Opportunity for Older Workers to Boost the Economy in the 2018 Budget

With all the rhetoric about the 2018 Budget as being good politics and reasonable economics, there has been another missed opportunity for older workers to be re-engaged back into the Australian workforce to boost the economy.

Treasurer Scott Morrison has laid out the budget plan to further strengthen Australia’s economy, with a focus on constraining both spending and taxing but the Australian economy is still grappling with a lack of structural workforce changes to re-engage older workers.

Opportunities to re-engage older workers are passing Australia by and we are not putting ourselves in the right place to capitalise on what we have rather than relying on forward economic projections to grow the economy.

Many businesses and government often overlook the wealth of knowledge, experience and skills that older workers bring back into the workplace especially in the areas of leadership, projects, crucial business relationships and industry contacts.

There is some recognition by the government in the 2018 Budget to drive cultural change and stop discrimination against older workers, promising to develop strategies. This will take time. On a positive note, there is an increased focus on mature aged people to promote entrepreneurship and new business opportunities.

Older workers and their families, not in the workforce frequently experience lower savings and superannuation. This legacy will stay will us for the rest of their lives and impact on the Australia economy through our dwindling finances, poor physical and mental health and overall wellbeing.

The labour market system in Australia needs a “disruption”. Responding to this inaction, Re-think Re-engage Australia Inc is working at the grass roots level in Brisbane, working with and partnering with business, government and the community to develop structural workforce strategies to fill the void that exists for older workers.

New Zealand has been actively working on the plight of older workers for several years, when is Australia going to get serious?

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Anthony (Tony) Wiggins,

Founder, Re-think Re-engage Australia Inc.

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